Title: Dead To Me
Author: Mary McCoy
Page Count: 304
Publication: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Netgalley via publicist
LA Confidential for the YA audience. This alluring noir YA mystery with a Golden Age Hollywood backdrop will keep you guessing until the last page.
“Don’t believe anything they say.”
Those were the last words that Annie spoke to Alice before turning her back on their family and vanishing without a trace. Alice spent four years waiting and wondering when the impossibly glamorous sister she idolized would return to her–and what their Hollywood-insider parents had done to drive her away.
When Annie does turn up, the blond, broken stranger lying in a coma has no answers for her. But Alice isn’t a kid anymore, and this time she won’t let anything stand between her and the truth, no matter how ugly. The search for those who beat Annie and left her for dead leads Alice into a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets–and onto the trail of a young runaway who is the sole witness to an unspeakable crime. What this girl knows could shut down a criminal syndicate and put Annie’s attacker behind bars–if Alice can find her first. And she isn’t the only one looking
Evoking classic film noir, debut novelist Mary McCoy brings the dangerous glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age to life, where the most decadent parties can be the deadliest, and no drive into the sunset can erase the crimes of past.
So I loved this book. It has the sister bonding that I’ve been really loving lately, and it’s a mystery. It’s a lot similar to Vanishing Girls in the one sister is trying to figure out what happened to the other sense of things.
First let me just say that this cover is really beautiful, it’s what really drew me to it at first. The book is set in the 1950’s I think, which was so nice to read about, and I think it made it different from the others. They didn’t have all the technology we have today to help figure out what really happened to her sister faster.
One aspect of the story that I loved was the codes her and her sister had. That was so cool, and I think the author had to do a lot of research to be able to include that in her novel. I had no clue what was going on, even as Alice was explaining it. I once tried to write something in code, and after writing it, it made perfect sense; then about a month or two later, I found the code again and could not decipher it to save my life, so the fact that Alice and Annie had this whole system memorized is pretty phenomenal.
I’ve never really heard of noir novels, but this one is described as one, so I have to look into that.
I loved Alice, she was such a great character to read from, and she was strong and brave, sometimes acted too fast, but she always seemed to get out of them. I loved the girl power theme of this book, it was nice.
This book was filled with twists after twists, it kept you on your toes, and it was such a fast paced read. I hated that I had to read the e-arc, it reminded me how much I dislike e-arcs from Netgalley, they’re so not formatted, the title of the book would literally show up in the middle of paragraphs, it was annoying, but the content of the book was amazing.
I don’t know what else to say except that you must pick this book up. It’s so good!
Since I’m part of the blog tour, there is a giveaway for a chance to win 1 hardcover copy of the book
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mary McCoy is a librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library. She has also been a contributor to On Bunker Hill and the 1947project, where she wrote stories about Los Angeles’s notorious past. She grew up in western Pennsylvania and studied at Rhodes College and the University of Wisconsin. Mary now lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Her debut novel, Dead To Me, is a YA mystery set in the glamorous, treacherous world of 1940s Hollywood.